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Paddling Guides for Puget Sound

If you’re new to paddling on the Puget Sound, you might be curious of cool places to paddle to. I’ve seen folks post about this on the various SUP forums. Here’s some guides that I use that are quite helpful:

Paddling Washington‘, by Mountaineers Books.

My book of course!  ‘Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips‘ by Mountaineers Books.  4th edition launches in 2024.

Washington Water Trails, wwta.org. This wonderful org has secured dozens of human powered craft only campsites around the Puget Sound and the Columbia River. These include the San Juans, the South Sound, Whidbey, and Seattle’s Blake Island. They also work to keep things clean and educate paddlers on No Trace ethics.

Little Bay Press – A great series of self published books by Tacoma based kayaker and SUP’er Ken Campbell. Ken has paddled around Puget Sound on a sup for 150 miles as a fundraiser for the Washington Watertrails Assocation. Definitely worth a look. He also runs the great blog, The Last Wilderness, which can be found on my blog roll.

Watertrail‘ a picture book by Seattle photographer/writer Joel Rogers. This book is a pictorial and historical guide to the WWTA.org Cascadia Marine Trail.  Currently out of print.

Gunkholing in the San Juans‘ / ‘South Sound‘: these two incredible guides are designed for boaters, but their coverage of those regions are very extensive. Navigation issues, weather, history, where to stay, currents, etc are all covered well. A great read too.

Afloat and Afoot‘ Series by Mountaineers Books. This series covers south, middle, and the North Sound as well as the San Juans. A very helpful series by Marge and Ted Meuller, longtime area sailors.


About Rob Casey – Named a pioneer in the SUP industry by Stand Up Journal, Rob is the author of “Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers” and “Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips.” Rob owns SUP and Kayak school Salmon Bay Paddle in Seattle. He also runs several paddling races.

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